Arrest in Tehran of the daughter of ex-president Rafsanjani

Ex-president’s daughter arrested in Tehran Rafsanjani


Iranian authorities arrested former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's daughter in Tehran on Tuesday, accused of inciting residents to demonstrate, amid protests in Iran over the death of a young girl. woman, local media said. 

“Faezeh Hachémi was arrested in eastern Tehran by security forces for inciting rioters to protest in the street,” Tasnim news agency said, without further details.

Ex- A member of parliament and women's rights activist, she was charged in July by the Iranian courts with propaganda against the Islamic Republic and blasphemy on social networks.

Protests in Iran were sparked on September 16, when 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini died in hospital, three days after she was arrested in Tehran for breaking a strict dress code for women in Islamic Republic of Iran, who must cover their hair in public.

According to a report including demonstrators and security forces published by the Iranian news agency Fars, around 60 people have been killed since the start of the protest movement. 

The protest movement has spread to several Iranian cities and some demonstrators have launched anti-government slogans, according to local media. More than 1,200 demonstrators, including women, have been arrested since September 16, according to the authorities.

At the end of 2012, Faezeh Hachémi was arrested and sentenced to six months in prison for “propaganda” against the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

His father, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, president between 1989 and 1997, was a moderate who advocated improving ties with the West.